Limerick volunteers take a daring leap for two good causes

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ANYONE who has ever thought of attaching themselves to a length of elastic and jumping off a height is invited to watch 70 people do just that in Askeaton this weekend.

This Saturday, volunteers will take the leap, making a bungee jump from a crane to raise money for two charities, Acquired Brain Injury Ireland and Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention.

The community fundraiser will take place at 1.30pm in the Top of the Town pub car park, Askeaton.

There are some places still available for the jump, if anyone decides such an experience is on their bucket list. Participants are required to raise funds to take part. For more information contact Jessica on 085 745 0669.

Backing up the brave efforts of the jumpers, the local Centra store organised a collection and it’s hoped the two events together will raise some €20,000; there will also be a raffle during the event.

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Acquired Brain Injury Ireland’s Local Services Manager in Limerick said: “Every day we see the life-changing impact of brain injury on individuals and families, but we also see how the right rehabilitation services can help them make extraordinary strides. Everyone taking part in the event this Saturday is playing a role in rebuilding lives after brain injury.”

Every year in Ireland 19,000 people acquire a brain injury, resulting in life-altering, dramatic change. These injuries happen suddenly and are often traumatic, caused by road traffic accidents, stroke, assaults, concussion and viral infections like meningitis.

Founded in August 2018, Limerick Treaty Suicide Prevention is a volunteer group patrolling the bridges of Limerick City four nights a week and providing assistance to those who are struggling and may be at risk of suicide. For more information email: [email protected]